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At The Aveda Institute, you'll master the technical skills necessary to excel while cultivating your own unique talents. You'll join a global team committed to artistic, business and environmental excellence. And you'll grow as both a professional and an individual. You will gain experience practicing in an actual salon environment with actual salon guests. You immediately begin refining your technical skills in service delivery, consultation, image crafting, guest care, treatment and more.

Read this inspirational story of O'Briens Aveda Institute Class of 2014 Grad, Amanda Richardson, here

Class of 2014 Cosmo Grad, Amanda Richardson

Class of 2014 Grad, Amanda Richardson at The Manor in Morrisville, VT


View photos from some of our past student events:

Earth Month 2016: Catwalks for Water

Aveda Institute Catwalk for Water 2016Wednesday April 13th, 2016. Every year Aveda celebrates Earth month to raise awareness of an important global environment issue, clean water. One of the ways we achieve this is by hosting Catwalks for Water, annual green carpet events during which local Aveda salon and institutes come together to raise money for Earth Month by showcasing their inspiration, creativity, and technical skills in hair, make-up and fashion. One of the wonderful things about Catwalks for Water is that we strive to fund the event entirely by donations from community-minded businesses and people. This year's event was held at ArtsRiot and was a huge sucess! We are honored to donate 100% of proceeds raised to the Lake Champlain Committee!


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Strides Hits the Runway
O'Briens Aveda Institute Students
 celebrate October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Runway show in tribute to American Cancer Society's (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Our 2nd annual event is on Wednesday October 17th at Club Venue in Colchester. Tickets are $15 at the show. The doors open at 7:00 PM and the performance will begin at 8:00 PM. For any questions call our Front Desk at 802.658.9591 x1.

Artists around the world are using their talents to create awareness, entertainment and hope in support of Breast Cancer Awareness More Birthdays, Less Cancer campaign. Cosmetology, Barbering and Spa Therapy students from O'Briens Aveda Institute create a night of fun, fashion and fundraising through the art of hair and makeup. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle money and donations will be given to the American Cancer Society.

Supporting Strides is a team effort and we are very thankful for the generosity that has come from our community. In the past prizes were donated by Care ElectrolysisSophie's American Bistro, Fuller Landscaping, Euro Food Market, Ashley FurnitureSaunders JewelersGirlington GarageRocky's PizzaNew York Pizza OvenThe Purple Cake Shoppe…and more! The efforts of many raised $2,100 at our first event in 2011.








Wigs for Kids: FREE Haircuts
All collected hair will be donated to Wigs For Kids, a private non-profit organization that turns hair donations into custom hair replacements that look just as a child's natural hair would, at no cost to children in need.
View some of the other organizations we support.


O'Briens Aveda Institute Catwalk for Water 2012Earth Month 2012: Catwalk for Water
Friday April 27th, 2012. 
Our students are working hard on our Spring fashion show! Each team of students will present models in themes of Earth, Air, Fire and Water for a good cause, to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee! Models will be prepared head-to-toe in recycled outfits and showing off some amazing trends and styles as our students work with top stylists in the area to create these looks! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at O'Briens Aveda Institute, or any of the local O'Briens Salons. You can also pick up tickets ahead of time at Venue. DJ Robbie J will be on hand for the show and hosting the dance party after! There will be a lot of raffle prizes available and we look forward to seeing you all there! Thank you for helping us reach our $4,500 fund raising goal for the Lake Champlain Committee!

Holiday Guest Appreciation Event
Cosmetology & Spa Therapy Students along with Staff put together a Holiday Guest Appreciation event on Wednesday December 14th, 2011. In gratitude of our guests and an opportunity to spotlight our education and services to new customers we offered an Open House, mini-spa services and a raffle for a Day of Beauty. If you have never been here to have AVEDA services with our amazing students, this is a great time to try it!






Aveda marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray with a 6-week long photo contest on Aveda’s Facebook page. The Control Force Sky High Hair contest celebrates the creativity of Aveda guests, stylists and students who use Control Force every day to craft their style. Check out some of the looks created by our students:


During the month of April 2011, Aveda's Earth Month Campaign held events worldwide to raise $4 millon for protection of clean water, a basic human right that nearly 900 million people globally are left fighting for daily. Inspired by Aveda's participation in New York Fashion Week, O'Briens Aveda Institute created an eco-fashion show to raise funds and awareness in support of this goal. Students designed head to toe elemental (fire, water, earth & wind) looks using environmentally friendly and repurposed materials. Beauty looks were created using Aveda's plant derived hair care, skin care and make up products. In 2011 we raised $1,000 for our local Lake Champlain Committee.


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